Christmas on the Mission Field

Ornaments, candles, hot spiced cider, laughter, presents—sounds like a commercial with all the best of the Norman Rockwell version of an American Christmas. One holiday season I was asked by my churc...

For Those Who Grieve This Christmas

I love the Christmas season. I love the sights and sounds and smells that come with this time of year. But, for our family there is a touch of melancholy that hangs in the air. It is grief. Four year...

Gift Jars for Christmas

Glass jars can easily be turned into an inexpensive Christmas gift. I like to use the 8 oz pickle jars, as long as you wash it well, the smell will go away. I usually just rinse it and turn it over i...

Even When I am Not Looking

We recently took three weeks off from school. The first two were because I was playing catch-up on my school work for my master’s program. The third week was because the boys had a stomach virus and ...

But I’m Never Home!

It’s the holiday season. I love this time of year! There’s just a special happy that wells up inside me in December. And I have to admit that a significant part of that is the anticipation of a coupl...